London: England manager Fabio Capello has told midfielder Frank Lampard that his reputation will count for nothing unless he improves his form.
Capello had dropped Lampard for England’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria on Friday.
The 33-year-old was replaced by Manchester City’s Gareth Barry.
“He’s one of the best English midfielders, but as the manager I need to choose the players and not the name. At this moment Barry was in really, really good form,” a daily quoted Capello, as saying.
“At the start of the season Lampard needs to play more games. The first two games that he played [for Chelsea this season] were not good. The last one he played better [against Norwich], but I need to choose the player who is in a good moment of form,” he added.
Capello also said that Lampard was “professional” when he was informed of his demotion and praised him for being “really focused” when he came on for Barry in the latter stages of the game in Sofia.